Keeping your skin supple and youthful calls for more than just moisturizer. It’s good to keep your skin hysated as you grow older.
The skin is one of the first places where the signs of aging show up. As it grows older, your skin thins, dries, and grows less elastic. Once you pass your 30s, it’s time to adopt a more comprehensive skin care regimen. Here are eight of the best steps you can take to keep your skin looking its best even as you grow older.
1) Get Out Of The Sun
Nothing accelerates the skin’s aging process more than excessive sun exposure. Make regular use of a strong sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) that provides both UVA and UVB protection. It’s also a good idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when spending extended amounts of time outside.
2) Bathe Quickly
Don’t stay in the shower or the bath for longer than you have to. A five-minute shower will get your skin hydrated; staying in for more than 10 minutes will have the reverse effect.
3) Bathe Coolly
As comfortable as they might be, hot baths and showers are bad for your skin. They strip away natural oils that you need to protect your skin. Keep the temperature in your comfort range and resist the temptation to make it scalding hot.
The ideal time to moisturize is just after you’ve bathed. If you know your skin is dry or sensitive, try a cream with a thicker formulation. Good ingredients to look out for include glycerin, mineral oil, dimethicone, or hyaluronic acid. These all help seal moisture into your skin. For your face, use a product specifically formulated for your skin type – oily, dry, or combination.
5) Avoid Cosmetic Ingredients
Eschew cleansers and moisturizers that contain strong fragrances or alcohol; they can easily dry your skin out. Exercise caution with trendy “anti-aging” products, too. These often contain harsh ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids and retinoids. Check out these acne treatment reviews and get an idea of what you’re putting on your skin.
6) Manage Your Humidity
Low humidity levels can hurt your skin, especially in colder months. Use a humidifier to add the moisture you need.
Your hands are especially vulnerable to cold, dry winter weather. Give them an added layer of protection by wearing gloves.
8) Give up Tobacco
Besides its potentially fatal effects, smoking also causes tremendous harm to your skin and ages it prematurely. The sooner you give the habit up, the better your skin will look.
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